Watch: Makers of No Fathers in Kashmir release footage of censor edited scenes
No Fathers in Kashmir has released this past week across theatres and has since then received unanimously great reviews for its emotional portrayal of the people in the valley, who have been stuck for years in the unrest the area brings with it. Director Ashvin Kumar fought a battle with the censor board for over 8 months to get his desired and justified UA certificate, under conditions of certain edits, disclaimers and mutes/edits which were the condition under which they received the said certificate.
Now the makers have released a never before seen footage of some of the scenes which were modified.
Ashvin says in a statement the following:
"The first caption the censors made me place in front of the film says:
“This film is inspired by the pervading militancy and terrorism in Kashmir”.
Having made us spend sleepless nights and run from hearing to hearing for 9 months they went about mutilating the film without either logic or legal justification. I have not yet seen my film in the theatre because I am deeply disheartened by what remains. It took me four years of hard work to make the film. It took the censors seven screenings and six hearings to slash, mutilate and compromise this labour of love.
What you are about to watch are scenes that they cut out. And you’ll see that they do not make the film any more or less suitable for a UA or A audience — which is the real job of the censors. In the description below the video you can read the disclaimers they forced us to add. Kashmir is in a crisis of compassion. If we are to be compassionate to our fellow citizen in Kashmir, we have to start telling the truth. Censorship only produces hate, hostility, suspicion and fear in society. I just want to say that it is not films that create fear, it is censorship that creates fear.”